Our weather patterns are described below by season, with a few of the species that can be seen in the area during those time frames. On average the daytime temperatures are in the 50’s and 60’s, but can get into the 80’s during the summer. The water temperature of Tomales Bay is between 50 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on area depth and the time of year.
Be sure to check the current local weather forecast in preparation for your visit. Weather in the Point Reyes area can change quickly, so come prepared to dress in layers.
Spring: March through May
In the spring, as our rainy season winds down, the Point Reyes area weather is a mixture of rainy and sunny days. This is the areas windiest season with average high temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, with lows in the 40’s. Elephant seal weanlings are learning how to live on their own playing together along the shore, harbor seals are giving birth to their pups, and gray whales swim by on their northward migration. Wildflowers bloom throughout the area in spring.
Summer: June through August
Summer brings warmer days, breezy afternoons, and early morning coastal fog. Average temperatures are between 60 and 75 degrees with occasional days in the high 80’s. Both brown and white pelicans can be seen fishing on Tomales bay. Bat rays and leopard sharks return to Drakes Estero to breed and spawn in the warmer summer waters.
Fall: September through November
Fall weather is usually clear and crisp, with occasional foggy days. The rainy season can begin as early as October. Low temperatures can be in the 40’s and 50’s with highs in the 60’s and 70’s. In the early fall, Tule elk go into rut. The male elk’s bugling call, used to round up his harem and show his strength to other males, can be heard on the bay from the surrounding hillsides. Waterfowl migration begins bringing colorful ducks and geese to our bays and estuaries.
Winter: December through February
Point Reyes weather in the winter months is often stormy, with strong winds and rain, but between those rainy days we have some of our finest weather, calm and clear with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Nighttime low temperatures can be in the 30’s and low 40’s. Winter brings elephant seals back to Chimney Rock for their breeding and pupping season as Gray whales pass by our coast on their migration south to calf and breed in Baja.